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Addiction Counsellor/Social Worker (Supervised Injection Services)

Boyle Street Community Services

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Job Purpose:

Streetworks is a Harm Reduction, health promotion, primary health care program, which is currently seeking Harm Reduction Support Workers (HRSW) to support, educate and help ensure the safety of individuals presenting to the Supervised Injection Services to self-inject brought-in substances.

With the support of a Registered Nurse and Harm Reduction Support Workers, the SIS Addiction Counsellor/ Social Worker provides specialized and integrated mental health and substance use treatment referrals and support, for individuals accessing the SIS. They will foster engagement, assess motivation, identify needs and support the implementation of client-identified goals.

*The Addiction Counsellor/Social Worker-involved Supervised Injection Services are offered at Boyle Street Community Services and the Boyle McCauley Health Centre.

There are full time, part time, and relief positions working days, evenings, or weekends.


  • Works collaboratively with individuals, health care professionals and community services in the identification and resolution of social, mental health and substance-related issues and integration of care, creating goals and individual treatment plans.
  • Completes psychosocial assessments as required.
  • Provides crisis counselling, education on appropriate coping skills and harm reduction practices, and ongoing counselling support.
  • Manages resource material used to refer individuals to appropriate services; assists and advocates for timely access to these supports.
  • Provides education and counselling using a harm reduction approach on safer substance use, sexual health and other high-risk behaviors.
  • Provides overdose prevention education, encourages individuals within the SIS to partake in take home naloxone (THN) training; completes THN training and distributes kits as required.
  • Assists the SIS nursing staff by supervising individuals in the self-administration of pre-obtained substances by injection.
  • Assists in emergency response as directed by the SIS nursing staff, including the administration of naloxone and rescue breathing in overdose response.
  • With the support of other team members, ensures that every individual involved in activities with illicit substances complies with the exemption requirements, in accordance with Health Canada’s terms and conditions.
  • Provides an ongoing commitment to individuals within the SIS and continuously strives for the most effective and appropriate delivery of care.



  • Minimum Diploma in Social Work with experience in the field, degree preferred
  • Current CPR certification

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Able to work non-judgmentally with all individuals presenting to the Supervised Injection Services. within a Harm Reduction framework
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and make independent decisions
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn of substance use and culture, mental health, STIs and blood borne pathogens and inner-city lifestyles
  • Knowledge of and experience in community development
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in an Indigenous cultural context
  • Familiarity with local community resources (e.g. substance use, social services, justice)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Ability to work in partnership with other organizations
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm and non-judgmental attitude
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-directed


  • Experience working in a marginalized city community is an asset

Boyle Street Community Services values diversity and welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, racialized, differently abled and LGBTTQIA communities.

Those with a street history or intimate knowledge of the street are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be required to have a criminal record check and a child welfare information check.

Hourly Wage: $24.51- $28.84/ hour

Closing Date: December 8th, 2017

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to: mtaylor@boylestreet.org. Please include SIS-Addiction Counsellor/Social Worker in the subject line of the email. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position and what your availability would be.